March 7, 2014
Channel your inner Gatsby this weekend at The Great Orlando Mixer! Craft cocktails are all the rage and the best bartenders in town will be serving them up. You’ll also get your nom’ on with hors d’ oeuvres and jive along to live entertainment. The event will take place in the vintage-esqu Cheyenne Saloon at the historic Church Street Station.
Need some outfit inspiration? Check out the photos from last year’s event.
Tickets are $30 pre-sale (and going fast!)
*Image from The Orlandoan
March 5, 2014
Living in the sunshine state gives us the freedom to eat things like Popsicles on the regular, and it doesn’t get more local than this! The Pop Parlour (formally know as “Hyppo”) specializes in making delicious, natural popsicles from all local, fresh organic ingredients. The flavor combinations are pretty exciting (strawberry basil is a huge hit), and they also make a few “boozy” popsicles. New flavors come out regularly with a rotating menu.
Get out there and support local businesses! The Pop Parlour is located at 431 E Central Blvd Suite C
Orlando, Fl 32801. You can also check out their facebook page for updates.
*Image from The Pop Parlour
February 28, 2014
Celebrate Fat Tuesday as Mills 50 presents Mardi Gras at The Peacock Room! $5 cover – $3 hurricanes all night – live music by the Brown Bag Brass Band and authentic cajun & creole cuisine by Voodoo Kitchen Food Truck!
Laissez les bons temps roule
February 26, 2014
A very unique story… A very special varieTEASE. If you missed the “Hammers and Lambs” collaboration last year in Ivanhoe Village, you missed out on a unique glimpse into the talent that lives and works in our city limits. Last year Orlando artist Patrick Fatica and Blue Starr, producer of the varieTease shows at The Venue, combined their efforts to put on a show that was inspired by Mr. Fatica’s artwork. The women within the frames came to life on stage.
A few shots from last year’s show!
This year they’ve done it again, and have taken things to a new level! ”Shadows of the Waifs” is a new experiment in storytelling. It uses visual art, performance, video production, dance and original music through multiple venues to tell one story. Original music was written by Jef Shumard of Big Jef Special and was inspired by the artwork and words Patrick Fatica used to create the story-line. Check out the trailer for this Orlando Event and buy your tickets today! They do sell out so purchase them in advance.
The show times are March 7, 8 and 10. The show kicks off at The Hammered Lamb at 8pm Sharp, and finishes at The Venue. Tickets are on sale now: $15 advanced or $18 at the door. Call The Venue at 407-412-6895 for tickets.
The Hammered Lamb (SHOW BEGINS HERE at 8 pm)
1235 N. Orange Ave. Orlando, Florida 32804
The Venue Orlando
511 Virginia Drive Orlando, FL 32803
January 24, 2014
Artists have transformed the normally mundane material of cardboard into art this weekend, filling the floor, walls and even ceiling of a Mills 50 District venue. TheDailyCity.com is organizing the Cardboard Art Festival at Say It Loud/The Orange Studio, 1121 N. Mills Avenue, Orlando Fl.
Last year’s show featured inventive, diverse uses for the medium, such as interactive sculptures and wearable art.
The event kicks off Friday, Jan. 24th with an opening DJ Dance Party from 7 to 11 p.m.. Tickets are $10.
Events continue as follows:
Gallery Hours : 10AM – 4PM : $5
Cardboard Concert Series : 7PM – 11PM : $10
Kid’s Cardboard Camp : 10AM – 12PM : $1
SUPER JOY RIDERS After Party : 12PM -1PM : $0
Confectionfest : 6PM – 8PM : $40
January 22, 2014
Did you know tomorrow is National Pie Day!? Why not spend it with Orlando’s newest bakery in the Milk District?
This sweet and savory bakeshop opened its doors in the Milk District in Orlando in October, and has been earning accolades ever since. ”The food is absolutely divine,” wrote a recent reviewer on Yelp. And the space, once occupied by Spooky’s at 207 North Primrose Dr. , is described as sleek and inviting. The name Se7en Bites was inspired by Chef Trina’s gastric bypass surgery. The surgery requires her to eat just seven bites for each meal.
The business got its start supplying desserts to popular Orlando restaurants. You may have had Chef Trina’s delicious treats at places like Pom Pom’s in Orlando and Fresh in Winter Park. Chef Trina Gregory-Propst expanded her menu to offer breakfast, brunch, lunch and coffee. With tons of sweets on the menu she also offers a classic meatloaf sandwich, which sounds perfect!
I’m actually ordering some items for an upcoming baby shower for a friend of mine and I cannot wait! All you have to do is take a look at the photos on Facebook and you’ll be sold! Se7en Bites Facebook Page
What’s your favorite local bakery?
Image Credit: ”Becky’s New Art Medium” by dailyinvention via Everystock Creative Commons
January 20, 2014
Part of the American Dream is about home ownership. It is about earning a level of success and prosperity that affords you the opportunity to own your own piece of land and plant roots. Or in the case of Downtown Orlando homes, own the perfect little bungalow with white picket fence! The market downturn in the mid 2000s really hurt the American Dream. Many people had to short sale their homes or lost them to foreclosure due to economic circumstances that no one predicted. As we enter 2014 we are finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.
So now that we’re a few weeks into the New Year, let’s reflect back on 2013 and look forward to the future of home ownership in Orlando. The year 2013 was the year of the comeback. The Orlando real estate market has actually been gradually going up for 3 years. It’s been on the way up since the market low in January of 2011 when the median price hit a rock bottom $94,900; but in 2013 the good word finally made the national news! The news sparked consumer confidence and the market improved even more.
In fact, the market is up almost 24% since last year! That’s a huge improvement. But here’s where people get a little greedy. Everyone wants to get the most money possible for their home; but the longer you wait the more likely you are to miss the window of opportunity to sell your Orlando home quickly and possibly get multiple offers. The market is always shifting. Most of the time the shifts aren’t as sweeping as the “great recession” but it always cycles up and down. As we move further into the New Year with rising interest rates and more homeowners with equity to sell, the market will shift again. My thoughts are that it will probably level off a little and be a pretty healthy market in 2014; but a 20% increase in value year to year cannot be sustained…as we learned just a few years ago.
As far as I can tell home ownership is still at the heart of all Americans hopes and dreams. And although prices are rising, if the home affordability index stays above 100% or more, the buyers will still be buying for a little while longer! (*It currently is at 176%!)
So if you need or want to sell your house this year, think about the timing and what is right for your needs and goals. Interested in selling your Orlando home or buying while the interest rates are affordable? Contact me today by completing the form below. Don’t forget to download my app and enter to win $50,000!
January 3, 2014
In keeping with the recent post featuring the local bloggers from TheOrlandoan, we’re featuring a FREE event in Winter Park for this Friday’s Who Says There’s Nothing to do in Orlando post!
There is a free art opening featuring Henri Matisse this weekend at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4th. The museum is located at 1000 Holt Avenue in Winter Park. For more information, call the museum at (407)646-2526.
Matisse is a major figure in art history. He is known for his celebration of the female figure. The exhibit, “Matisse as Printmaker”, at Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College features primarily Matisse’s women, from line drawings to etchings to woodcuts.
What will you be up to this weekend?
Image credit: Henri Mattise Dance 1 by ten safe frogs via Creative Commons
December 11, 2013
If you’re looking for some holiday gifts this season, you must stop by Rifle Paper Co. The stationery and gift brand based in Winter Park, Florida was founded by husband and wife team, Anna and Nathan Bond. They create everything from note cards to journals and cell phone cases.
What began as a small business based out of Anna and Nathan’s 1-bedroom apartment has quickly grown into a worldwide brand over the last four years. Their products feature Anna’s whimsical designs which often include hand-painted illustrations and lettering in a nostalgic yet timeless style. You have probably seen their products in various stores throughout the country, but you may not have realized their shop is right here in Central Florida!
All of their paper products are printed in the USA and are inspected and assembled by hand in their studio. I love that they use FSC-certified paper stocks with recycled content, environmentally responsible printers, and high-quality materials to create beautiful products.
There is something for everyone this holiday season! They are available by phone M-F from 10-6pm EST at 407.622.7679., or contact them through their website at riflepapercompany.com.
I personally love the travel themed calendars this year, what’s your favorite?